American, African, and Old European Mythologies

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University of Chicago Press, May 15, 1993 - Reference - 274 pages
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Mythologies offers illuminating examples of the workings of myth in the structure of societies past and present—how we create, use, and are guided by systems of myth to answer fundamental questions about ourselves and our world.

Almost all of Mythologies, originally published as a two-volume cloth set, is now available in four paperback volumes. These volumes reproduce the articles, introductory essays, and illustrations as they appeared in the full Mythologies set, and each includes a new Preface by Wendy Doniger.

This volume gathers eighty articles on mythologies from around the world. A section on the Americas and the South Pacific covers myths of native Americans, from the Inuit to the Mesoamericans, about such topics as the cosmos, fire, and the creation of the world. Essays on African mythology range from the 266 basic signs of West Africa to themes such as twins, the placenta, and masks. The final section, covering Celtic, Norse, and Slavic traditions opens with an overview of the Indo-Europeans and concludes with an essay on the religion and myths of Armenia.

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The Mythology of the Inuit of the Central Arctic 25 The Earth in Mesoamerican Religions
The Myths and Rituals of the South American
Mesoamerican Mythic and Ritual Order 49 Religions and Cults of the Societies of the Andes
Sun Moon Stars and Meteorological Religions and Mythologies of Oceania
Forms of the Symbolic Function in the Art and Myth
The Placenta in West African Myths and Rituals
Myths and Practices of Sacrifice among
Astronomy and Calendars in West Africa
The Religions of the Continental Celts of Spain Great
Celtic Sacred Monsters
Arthur and the Arthurian Heroes in Wales
Sacrifice in GermanoNorse Paganism
Slavic Myths Rites and Gods
The Religion and Myths of the Georgians of

The Myths and Narratives of the Celts of
The Religion and Myths of the Ossets

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About the author (1993)

The work of Yves Bonnefoy, a poet, critic, and translator, is philosophical in nature and difficult to penetrate. He has written meditations on the themes of the immobility of matter and the power of language. Influenced by such German philosophers as Hegel and Heidegger Bonnefoy reflects in his poetry a sense of tragic anguish, often through the use of understatement. Bonnefoy's principal poetic works include On the Motion and Immobility of Douve (1953), a philosophical meditation on the value of language, and Words in Stone (1965). He has written essays on art history and poetry in L'Improbable and La Seconde Simplicite. As a translator, Bonnefoy is well known for his renderings of Shakespeare into French including Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Henry IV, and A Winter's Tale.

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